The Research Priority Area Sustainable Chemistry, which is part of the Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) of the Faculty of Science, is looking for talented postdoctoral researchers to join a challenging project, (within the project Catalysis for Peptide Couplings), as detailed below. The applicant will be selected based on his/her suitability to the project. The successful candidate will be appointed as a postdoctoral researcher in a fixed-term contract.

Project description

The project ‘Transition-metal catalyzed epimerization-free peptide C-terminal activation and fragment coupling’ is a joint project of the UvA and  EnzyPep that is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research under the LIFT programme. We aim at the scalable solution-phase synthesis of peptides via a novel transition-metal-catalyzed epimerization-free C-terminal carboxyl activation as enol esters and subsequent peptide fragment coupling (ligation). For the proof-of-concept peptides of the pharmaceutically relevant relin family will be prepared.


Candidates must have a PhD degree in chemistry or chemical engineering, with a strong synthetic/catalytic background and excellent communication skills in English. Candidates with proven experience in the areas described above are preferred. Knowledge of Dutch is an advantage. Due to limitations in recruitment budget we will preferably consider candidates that are currently in Europe.

Further information

For more information on the project contact:


The position is available starting from 1 November 2015. A later starting date (up to 1 February 2016) is also possible.

The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of one year (a further year is possible if promising results are obtained in the first year). Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from €2,476 to €3,908 depending on experience, plus 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end of year bonus according to the Dutch salary scales for post-doctoral researchers. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities applies.

How to Apply

Applications may only be submitted by sending your application to To process your application immediately, please quote vacancy number 15-309 and the position you are applying for in the subject-line. Applications must include a detailed curriculum vitae (including months), a list of publications and a motivation letter, explaining why you chose to apply for this position, grouped in one PDF attachment.

All applicants that meet the above requirements will be considered for this challenging position.

Candidates may be appointed before the closing date for applications.

Deadline: 1 October 2015

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